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Surface Transportation Board Directs Union Pacific to Deliver Trains to Foster Farms
The Surface Transportation Board today issued a decision that directs Union Pacific Railroad Company (UP) to carry out specific service commitments to Foster Poultry Farms (Foster Farms).
On December 29, 2022, Foster Farms filed a petition for emergency service with the Board as a result of continued deterioration in rail service from UP. After reviewing the filings by both parties, the Board issued a decision ordering UP to deliver specific train sets of animal feed to Foster Farms on the time schedule specified by UP in order to...
Meijer First Retailer to Run All-Electric Semitrucks in Cold Weather Environment
Meijer, a retailer that operates one of the largest fleets in Michigan with 250 semitrucks and the first in North America to implement the Environmental Protection Agency's 2010 near-zero emissions standards in 2009, is once again leading the retail industry by deploying two of the first all-electric semitrucks outside of California.
The Grand Rapids, Mich.-based retailer is also the first nationwide to track the performance of the Freightliner eCascadia semitrucks in a cold weather environment as part of a grant from the U.S. Department of...
NCBA Thanks Biden Administration for Actions to Avoid Rail Disruptions
Today, the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) recognized the Biden Administration for taking quick action to avoid rail disruptions.
“On behalf of America’s cattle producers, we thank President Biden and Secretary Vilsack for their action to prevent a disruption in critical rail service across the country. We are also pleased to see bipartisan leaders in Congress working together to address this issue and protect our supply chains,” said NCBA CEO Colin Woodall. “We urge Congress to quickly pass the tentative agreement, which enforces the Presidential Emergency Board’s recommendations from..."
NRF Reiterates White House Call for Congressional Action to Avoid Rail Strike
The National Retail Federation today issued the following statement from President and CEO Matthew Shay following the White House’s call for immediate congressional intervention to avoid a rail strike and subsequent shut down of the U.S. freight rail system. The directive comes as the cooling off period expires Dec. 8 and railroads begin to suspend operations ahead of a labor strike.
“The freight rail system is an integral part of America’s transportation system, moving cargo to communities in every corner of the country every day..."
Harbor Wholesale Announces Acquisition of MTC Distributing Co.
Today, Harbor Wholesale, the Northwest's top family-owned, independent distributor, acquired Modesto, CA-based MTC Distributing Co. The combined 200 years of market leadership forms the premier customer-focused and family-owned distribution company on the West Coast. Justin Erickson, Harbor Foods' CEO and 4th generation owner, states, "this is an incredible opportunity to bring our family companies together into the 4th generation and beyond, maintaining and enhancing the culture that's made MTC and Harbor successful for a century. MTC celebrated 100 years in 2021, and...
Lineage Logistics Extends U.S. EPA SmartWay® Transport Partnership
Lineage Logistics, LLC, the world’s largest and most innovative temperature-controlled industrial REIT and logistics solutions provider, today announced it has renewed its participation in the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) SmartWay Transport Partnership, a program that provides a framework to assess the environmental performance and energy efficiency of goods moving through supply chains so partnering companies can reduce their environmental footprint.
Launched in 2004, the SmartWay program helps companies advance supply chain sustainability by measuring, benchmarking and improving freight transportation efficiency. Moreover, the program also helps companies select more efficient...
Talks Break Down Between Sysco, Drivers as Strike Continues
Labor negotiations between food distribution giant Sysco, and the International Brotherhood of Teamsters, Local 653 in Boston and Local 317 in Syracuse, have stalled and the strike will continue.
Sysco wrote that despite its “best efforts” to bring an end to a work stoppage, the Teamsters’ leadership rejected its offer.
“The parties have not been able to reach an agreement because Local 653 demanded Sysco Boston associates participate in the critically underfunded union-sponsored pension plan, a move that Sysco Boston believes is not good for its associates,” Sysco wrote in a press release.
REPORTER: Will AB5 Spread Across the U.S.?
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The trucking industry has taken its lumps over the last several years be it due to the COVID-19 pandemic, lack of drivers, chaos at ports due to ongoing supply chain issues, and other factors. Now comes the potential impact of a bill that has been around for a couple of years and is finally starting to make significant waves in California, the state where it was enacted. It’s called...
New Cold Storage Facility in SoCal Lands Safe Quality Foods Certification
West Coast Cold Storage, a Southern California-based food-grade warehousing service provider, attained Safe Quality Foods (SQF) certification for their new state-of-the-art facility.
The woman-owned facility boasts 124,000 Sq. Ft. of space and wrapped up the SQF auditing processing within six months of starting operations. The facility garnered a 97 out of 100 in its first audit.
The certification was administered by the Food Marketing Institute and recognized by the Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI), the company shared in a press release...
Maersk’s Terminals Business Exits Russia with Sale of Russian Operator Global Ports
A.P. Moller-Maersk (Maersk)-owned APM Terminals (APMT) will divest its shares of Russian container terminal operator Global Ports Investments (GPI) to a long-term partner Delo Group.
The move follows Maersk’s decision to discontinue activities in Russia following the country’s invasion of Ukraine earlier in the year.
Specifically, APMT has now entered into a binding agreement, subject to regulatory approvals, to divest its entire 30.75% shareholding in GPI to APMT’s long-standing joint venture partner Delo Group who also owns 30.75% of the shares in GPI...
Port of LA Hits New June Cargo Record
The Port of Los Angeles announced it moved 876,611 Twenty-Foot Equivalent Units (TEUs) in June, edging out last year as the best June in the Port’s 115-year history.
At the mid-point of 2022, the Port has handled more than 5.4 million TEUs, matching last year’s record-setting pace, the Port shared in a press release.
“Halfway through the year, we’ve been able to reduce the number of vessels waiting to berth by 75%, allowing dock workers to efficiently process more vessels...
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